Single Sessions - Fall 2016
|FSS-01 White Privilege/Black Lives Matter - Duncaster Meeting Room|
Warren Goldstein, Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, University of Hartford * , 9/29 * 10:00-12:00
In this course we will consider the hot topics of white privilege and the Black Lives Matter movement in the last years of the Obama era. What's new about this movement? Has there really been no progress in the last 50 years? Are white folks more racist than we realize - or are people of color magnifying small things into big ones? Let's talk openly about these matters, in historical context.
|FSS-02 Connecticut Concert Opera - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Doris Lang Kosloff, Artistic Director of CT Concert Opera * , 9/30 * 1:00-3:00
Englebert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel will be performed on November 4 and November 6 at the Hoffman Auditorium of the University of St Joseph. Maestro Kosloff will discuss various topics about the opera, its composer, and perform excerpts from the score to illustrate pertinent examples of its music.
|FSS-03 Movie Screening and Discussion on Selma - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Cheryl Greenberg, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History, Trinity College * , 10/17 * 10:00-12:00
PLEASE NOTE: The date for this class has been changed from Oct 3rd to Oct 17th. The movie Selma depicts a frightening, yet ennobling moment in our history when those without political power stood up to those who had both power and weapons, to demand access to the ballot and the privileges of first class citizenship. After watching the movie, we will explore issues of political activism and civil rights past and present: What can Selma teach us? What civil rights challenges do we face today, and how can we address them most effectively?
|FSS-04 Artificial Intelligence: Out of Control? - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Wendall Wallach, Consultant, Ethicist, and Scholar at Yale University's Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics * , 10/13 * 10:00-12:00
In March, an artificial intelligence program (AlphaGo) beat the world's best GO (an abstract strategy board game) player in a match. This is one example of why recent breakthroughs in the development of artificial intelligence have lead Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and others, to question whether the development of AI poses future risks. This talk will offer proposals for minimizing the risks arising from AI and robotics, while maximizing their benefits through ethics, engineering, and oversight. In particular, I will propose the creation of an International Committee for the Oversight and Governance of AI and Robotics.
|FSS-05 Death Penalty Decision - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Richard Palmer, Associate Justice, CT Supreme Court * , 11/1 * 1:00-3:00
In 2015, Justice Palmer authored the Majority Opinion on the case of State vs Santiago, which determined Connecticut's death penalty no longer comports with contemporary standards of decency and constitutes cruel and unusual punishment forbidden by Article One, Sections 8 and 9 of the State Constitution. The Santiago decision illustrates the matrix of considerations which are involved in resolving a constitutional issue. The course of analysis in Santiago reviewed the history and nature of cruel and unusual punishment; the relationship between legislative judgment and court analysis; State and Federal precedents; as well as the opinions and recommendations of professional associations.
|FSS-06* Lincoln-Douglas Debate - Seabury Media Room|
Ketti Marks, Retired NYC English Teacher * , 11/9 * 1:00-3:00
Debate is formal argumentation. It has structure and rules. Lincoln-Douglas, a type of one-on-one debate practiced mainly in the United States at the high school level, developed because there was a concern that traditional debate did not put enough emphasis on values. I will discuss the philosophy and rules governing L-D debate and also explain how students go about constructing a debate case. I will include highlights from my career as a debate coach and conclude with a CD of my students' winning debate in a round moderated by Charlie Rose. Size Limit: 20
|FSS-07 Scandinavian Sojourn - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Bob Hewey and Carol Simpson * , 11/16 * 1:00-3:00
Whether you've always wanted to go to Scandinavia or have fond memories of your own trip, join us for a travelogue through Denmark, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden.
|FSS-08 Anasazi Indians from the Four Corners - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Catherine and Christopher Brooks, Authors * , 11/30 * 1:30-3:00
The Brooks will take you on a fascinating journey through the Four Corner States (UT, CO, AZ, NM) exploring the multi-faceted legacy of the Anasazi Indians of the west. Through a colorful slide show they will highlight how these ancestral pueblo people evolved from hunter-gatherers to farmers, artists, architects and resourceful survivors, and how important it is to protect their heritage.
|FSS-09 Recreating the World War II Home Front - Seabury Heritage Hall|
David Garnes, Writer and Lecturer * , 12/5 * 1:00-3:00
In preparing for and writing Waiting For The Train To Come In: A Novel of World War II, David Garnes used a variety of sources - newspapers, magazines, library archives, reminiscences of older friends and acquaintances, and his own life - to create a fictional account of the war years on the home front in Springfield, Massachusetts, and in the Pacific. After a discussion of this research process and examples from the novel, David will encourage participants to share some of their own wartime memories. Following the session, books will be available for purchase and signing.
|FSS-10 Ice Ages of Southern New England - Seabury Heritage Hall|
Mark Evans, Professor of Geology at Central Connecticut State University. * , 12/14 * 1:00-3:00
This course will provide an overview of the glacial periods in southern New England in terms of when and why they occurred, their extent, and their impacts on the landscape. The effect of this glaciation on the history and development of Southern New England and its culture will also be included.